Nandita Ravi

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Making the cut


Krishna Shastri Devulapalli refuses to call himself an author. “I am still trying to be one,” insists this writer, who has, in the past, been a cartoonist, graphic designer, a writer of greeting cards, an ad professional and a children’s book author.

In Gurez, at the upper edge of northern Kashmir Valley, a serene calm prevails along the Line of Control. The undulating rhythms of the Kishanganga river that rolls through bowl-shaped valleys surrounded by the Himalayas on all four sides put Switzerland to shame.

Besides controlling food inflation, the most challenging task before Narendra Modi is to create jobs for millions of young men and women, some of whom were responsible for his resounding victory in the elections. It is one thing to promise jobs and another to actually create them.